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Two Record Fish Caught in Vermont in 2016

Two Record Fish Caught in Vermont in 2016

New records set for bluegill and freshwater drum

Two Record Fish Caught in Vermont in 2016

Joseph Whalen Jr. With 25.54# Freshwater Drum- One of Two Record Fish Caught in Vermont in 2016

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department announced that two fish caught in 2016 were certified as new state records, making them the 14th and 15th state records that have been set for individual species of fish since 2010.

John Konya of Bradford caught a new record bluegill in August while fishing with a nightcrawler and silver spinner on Miller Pond in West Fairlee. The fish weighed 1.98 pounds, measured 12.25 inches long and had a girth of 12.5 inches. Konya’s bluegill beat the previous record bluegill which was caught in Lake Champlain in 2008 and weighed 1.93 pounds.

In September, New York angler Joseph Whalen Jr. landed the new Vermont record freshwater drum while fishing in the mid-lake area of Lake Champlain. The drum weighed 25.54 pounds, measured 34.5 inches in length and was 26.5 inches around at its widest point.

Interestingly, Whalen’s daughter Amelia caught the current New York state record freshwater drum in 2016. That fish, also caught in Lake Champlain, weighed in at 29.87 pounds and measured 36.5 inches in length.

“We saw some incredible fish in 2016, most notably the new record bluegill and freshwater drum,” said Shawn Good, fisheries biologist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “The diversity of record fish we’re seeing each year really speaks to both the variety and quality of sport fish that are present in Vermont in healthy populations. Vermont truly is an anglers’ paradise that is matched by very few locations elsewhere.”

Good also pointed to the two record freshwater drum caught by the Whalen’s from Lake Champlain as a highlight from 2016 for a variety of reasons.

“These fish prove that anglers can land trophy-size fish by thinking outside the box and maybe targeting some of the lesser-known species of fish we have here in Vermont,” said Good. “I can’t think of any other state that has seen as many new state records for different species of fish in recent years as we have here. New records set for 15 different species in just six years is amazing. These catches are creating a great deal of excitement around Vermont fishing, and anglers are expanding their fishing pursuits as a result. 

“What’s equally as impressive to see is a family making fishing one of their favorite activities. Fishing and enjoying Vermont’s great outdoors with family and friends is a truly rewarding pastime that we hope everyone can experience at some point in their life.” 

To learn more about fishing in Vermont or to purchase a fishing license, visit www.vtfishandwildlife.com


 

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Free Fishing Weekend February 18-19

Free Fishing Weekend February 18-19

Free Fishing Weekend February 18-19

The first of New York’s free fishing days for 2017 will be next weekend on Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19.
On these days, New York residents and non-residents are allowed to fish for free without a fishing license.

Please note that fishing regulations remain in effect during these days.

Free fishing days provide an opportunity for new anglers who want to learn more about fishing, as well as, those interested in getting back into the sport.

Additional free fishing days in New York for 2017 include:

  • June 24-25
  • September 23 (National Hunting and Fishing Day)
  • November 11 (Veterans Day)

If you’re new to ice fishing, download the Introduction to Ice Fishing chapter of NY DEC’s new I FISH NY Beginners’ Guide to Freshwater Fishing for information on how to get started with ice fishing. Additional information, including tips on ice fishing safety and a list of waters open to ice fishing, can be found at DEC’s ice fishing web page.

For Governor Cuomo’s press release on the upcoming Free Ice Fishing Weekend visit https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-free-fishing-days-new-york

 

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2017 Vermont Fishing Guide Corrections

2017 Vermont Fishing Guide Corrections

2017 Vermont Fishing Guide

2017 Vermont Fishing Guide

 

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department posted the following corrections to the 2017 Vermont Fishing Guide. They ask that anglers please note the following corrections to information previously published in the Vermont 2017 Fishing Guide & Regulations

PAGE 18 – SALE OF FISH

“A person shall not buy or sell a salmon, trout, lake trout, walleye, northern pike, muskellunge or black bass taken in this state, or imported from another state or country where sale of such fish is prohibited, except such fish reared in licensed propagation farms within the state.”
This means under the current regulations, anglers may sell fish and businesses may buy fish caught in Vermont that are not listed above.

PAGE 87 – TABLE 2: YELLOW PERCH DAILY LIMIT

The daily limit of yellow perch is 50 for Vermont lakes, ponds, impoundments, reservoirs and particular rivers and streams. (This has been the limit for a number of years.) There is no limit on yellow perch for Lake Champlain.

PAGE 77 – GOSHEN DAM LISTING in the Index of Lakes & Ponds

Correct information is:
Town: Goshen
County: Addison
Table: 5
Ice Fishing Table: 6
Map: 9
Lake Area: 63 acres
Special Regulations:
Only open to fishing from 2nd Saturday April to Oct. 31
Closed to ice fishing

PAGE 73 – GREAT AVERILL LAKE in the Index of Lakes & Ponds

Information and special regulations for Great Averill Lake can be found on page 74 under Big Averill Lake.

 

The Department asks anglers to remember to follow any waterbody-specific regulations listed in the indexes of lakes and ponds and rivers and streams. The waterbody-specific regulation overrides the general regulations.

Contact your local game warden for questions regarding the 2017 Vermont Fishing Guide & Regulations digest, or Vermont fishing regulations in general.

 

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Introduction to Ice Fishing for Walleye

‍Introduction to Ice Fishing for Walleye

Saturday, January 14, 2017 11:00am-1:30pm: Lake Carmi, Franklin, VT

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is conducting an introductory course on ice fishing for walleye. The course will reinforce the basics while teaching basic techniques that can used to successfully target walleye.

Topics covered will include aquatic ecology, knot-tying, fish identification, regulations equipment, and much more!

This is a hands on course and warm clothing is a must! All equipment and materials will be provided.

Pre-registration is required, to register call 802-505-5562 or email letsgofishing@vermont.gov

 

 

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